Health in Her HUE® &
The Honey Pot Co: Our Vision of Care Through Partnership
The Honey Pot Co has partnered with Health in Her HUE® to empower our community to confidently pursue their wellness journey. This partnership brings together two Black women-founded businesses in support of Black women and women of color, who have historically been overlooked and underserved in the wellness space.
We are thrilled to introduce you to Health in Her HUE’s® founder, Ashlee Wisdom, through a conversation with our co-founder Bea Dixon. Ashlee created Health in Her HUE® after reflecting on her experiences as a Black woman trying to receive a diagnosis for her hives. After countless dead ends, she figured that if no one else had solutions, then she would be the one to build tools to support Black women and women of color in navigating a healthcare system that simply was not designed for us.
Today, the Health in Her HUE® site provides a variety of resources—from helping women of color find culturally sensitive healthcare providers to educational content on various health issues and how they affect women of color.
Ashlee and Bea are intentional trailblazers in their respective industries. They are driven by a shared commitment to solving a problem they have personally experienced and ensuring that their community has the resources to face the same challenges.
In this post, Ashlee and Bea explore the importance of this partnership, their personal experiences, and what it means for our communities to reclaim their wellness.
What does the research in the healthcare and vaginal wellness space suggest that our community needs?
Ashlee: Black women and women of color have lower rates of access to adequate sexual education, and preventative and reproductive health care. The research that we’re seeing calls for increased access and utilization of health services and resources without obstacles like clinician bias. Whether it is sexual wellness or dental hygiene, Health in Her HUE® is a trusted source of community, health information and culturally responsive healthcare providers for Black women and women of color.
Why is this partnership important?
Bea: This partnership is important because it will offer peer-like support, evidence-based content, and a network of medical professionals to humans who may not feel supported and heard otherwise. The most important thing is the opportunity to share experiences with a community that is safe and informative.
I wish I had a Health in Her HUE® when I first started my wellness journey. When I experienced an almost year-long bout of BV, I used to go on forums online looking to share experiences and find information that I couldn’t get from my doctor. I wanted to talk to other humans who were having the same experience, but I was having a hard time finding them.
What do you see as the future of healthcare for Humans of color?
Ashlee: The future of healthcare for Black women and women of color and vaginal wellness, to me, is inclusive, equitable, and accessible. It involves breaking down systemic barriers, increasing awareness, and ensuring that Black women and women of color have easy access to comprehensive care and products that prioritize their specific health needs and cater to their life experiences.
Bea: I see a world where humans don’t feel shame around the experiences they are having with their bodies, whether it is BV, Fibroids, menopause, or mental health, etc. I see a world where we are all more kind to each kinder as it relates to each concern, and I see us having the confidence to seek the support that we need and being able to advocate for ourselves.
What has your team learned about the community on this journey?
Bea: We have learned that community is everything. We have learned that we are here to serve humanity. We have learned that we are nothing without the humans that have joined us on this journey. Coming out of the pandemic we have really leaned into showing up in person, having the conversations that need to be had, and loving each other. Because we are all that we have.
What does Reclaiming Wellness mean to you and your team?
Ashlee: I am Reclaiming Wellness when I am vulnerable, when I start my day on my Peloton, go for a solo brunch with a book, and when I tap my group chat for a girl's night. It signifies taking ownership of one's health journey, whatever that looks like, and demanding the resources and support that have been historically denied to us. For Health in Her HUE®, it means empowering Black women and women of color to advocate for their sexual and overall wellness without shame, feel celebrated in their identity, and nurture their bodies with care.
Together, we commit to providing access, community, and education that caters to the unique needs of humans of color. This starts with a Community Conversation we’re hosting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. This conversation, ‘Pain, Pleasure, and Power: Owning Your Sexual Wellness,’ will be rooted in providing the information necessary to empower our communities to navigate both pain and pleasure in their sexual wellness journey.